James Ransom/Food52
November 18, 2015 1:26 PM EST

I’d like to propose something radical: Let’s make Thanksgiving easier on ourselves and our wallets—unless you absolutely relish doing everything yourself (and all power to you if that’s the case).

This isn’t out of reach: The traditional Thanksgiving meal uses the whole turkey, in-season vegetables, and usually results in some leftovers. Well, you guys, these principles are at the heart of what it means to eat Good and Cheap (Apologies for the poor grammar. I’m referencing my book, Good and Cheap.)

You can still have a big Thanksgiving meal that feels bountiful without breaking the bank. Here’s how:

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